Thursday, March 20, 2003

All 63 women's games on TV



By Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Watching your favorite women's basketball team play in this year's NCAA Tournament is as easy as flipping on the TV.

The 63 tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, with "whip-around" action to other games around the country.

Cincinnati, Xavier and Ohio State fans can watch their teams play in uninterrupted games as part of ESPN's home-market protection policy.

Or, in Cincinnati's case, fans can hop in their cars and head to the Shoemaker Center. UC hosts West Region first- and second round games Sunday and Tuesday; Hampton and Texas play at 12:14 p.m. Sunday, and UC and Arkansas follow at about 2:45 p.m.

Tickets for the three-game session (which includes Tuesday's second-round game) are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

"I think we have a great event at a reasonable expense," said Brian McCann, UC associate sports information director. "Do you want to watch the game on TV, or come down to Clifton and experience it first-hand?"

UC's game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Fans can drive to Lubbock, Texas, to see Xavier play UC Santa Barbara at about 9 p.m. Sunday, or they can tune into ESPN.

Ohio State plays Weber State at 7:10 p.m. Sunday in Ruston, La. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The final 15 games, from regional semifinals to the championship, will be shown in their entirety on ESPN or ESPN2.

Basketball enthusiasts who want to see all 63 games uninterrupted can order ESPN Full Court, a pay-per-view service through cable providers.

Rob Howard, Time Warner Cable's director of public affairs, said the package costs $49, and interested parties must have digital cable.

E-mail srussell@enquirer.com




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